This page provides an overview of the staff within the Oklahoma State Department of Health responsible for maintaining external partnerships. The focus areas of the Government & Regulatory Affairs Department include: legislative, policy, strategic planning, partnerships and data/statistics. External Partnerships staff work to engage local, state and national partners in activities and projects to aid OSDH in fulfilling its core public health services – prevention, promotion and protection.

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The use of permanent prescription drug drop off sites, usually located in law enforcement agencies and select pharmacies, is a prevention strategy aimed at reducing the supply of unwanted or unneeded prescription drugs in the community.  Safe disposal of these prescription drugs reduces the risk that prescriptions will be diverted for misuse.

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A Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is a strategic tool for improving the health of a community through a collaborative process of identifying health needs and opportunities specific to that community.

The CHIPs listed below reflect the dedicated work of broad community cross-sector engagement. Many stakeholders, staff, decision-makers, and other interested persons participated in a series of facilitated meetings to discuss and prioritize community issues.

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Schools are a key environment for improving the health of students, staff, and parents alike.

Useful links for those working to improve health in Oklahoma schools:

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Kick Butts Day occurs annually in March, and is a national day of activism that empowers youth and other advocates to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco.

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The AARP Livable Communities Roadmap to Livability Toolkit is a beneficial tool for anyone working on active living and transportation. Some of the topics mentioned include:

  • Community Listening Session Toolkit
  • Transportation Workbook
  • Health Services and Community Supports Workbook

Don’t be deceived! The toolkit is meant to create healthier communities for all individuals. Click here for the full resource.

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